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Future Development – The climate crisis

Highly destructive floods, storms, heatwaves, and droughts have become the new climate norm. The massive rainfall that has wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka and India’s record-breaking heatwave melting urban tarmac are just two of the latest examples of the spike in climate-related natural hazards. It is in this context of rising danger that the Trump administration’s decision to ditch the Paris Agreement on climate changes proves...

Americans Don’t Need Washington to Meet our Paris ...

 Statement by Michael R. Bloomberg following his meeting with Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris to discuss the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement. It’s always great to be in Paris, and I want to thank President Macron and Mayor Hidalgo for welcoming me here today. I had the opportunity to sit down with candidate Macron this spring, and this evening, I was able to...

Perry on Clean Energy Leadership: ‘I Hope China Wi...

Meanwhile, China and California sign an agreement to deepen cooperation on cleantech development. Energy Secretary Rick Perry invited China to compete with the U.S. on clean energy technology this week, in the wake of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. “I hope China will step in and attempt to take the mantle away” from America, Perry told reporters in Tokyo on Monday, Bloomberg...

Minnesota joins ‘Climate Alliance’ to ...

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday joined a group of governors who are committing their states to upholding the Paris climate deal’s emissions cuts despite President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw the U.S. from the pact. Organized as the U.S. Climate Alliance, member states aim to reduce emissions by at least 26 percent from 2005 levels and meet the federal Clean Power Plan targets. “President Trump’s...

What an ‘America First’ Energy Policy Should Reall...

President Trump could be closing much better energy deals for Americans. In an alternate universe, President Trump would have seen the Paris Agreement as a deal-maker’s dream. Instead of exiting the agreement with an empty promise of re-negotiation — a prospect already made implausible by statements from France, Germany and Italy — Trump could have used Paris, and the global effort to combat climate change, as...

If the Arctic Refuge isn’t protected, no pub...

President Trump is taking aim at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His proposed federal budget would open the Refuge to extensive oil drilling and industrial development. The Arctic Refuge, often referred to as “America’s greatest wilderness,” is one of the most beautiful, yet fragile places in the world. If our leaders are willing to allow drilling in places as pristine and vulnerable as the Arctic Refuge, then none of...

What you need to know about the Ohio legislature’s...

 As you read this article, a debate about the future of public lands in this country is taking place. Who wins this debate will determine whether or not the natural places that make our nation and state special are here for future generations to enjoy. While unprecedented attacks on national parks and forests are happening in our nation’s capital, threats to public lands don’t stop at the federal level. Ohio’s state parks...

Climate change: $4 trillion carbon tax is needed t...

World Bank-backed report says revenue could be used in a number of ways, such as paying out household rebates, alleviating poverty and fostering low-carbon infrastructure Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire AFP/Getty A global carbon tax that would raise trillions of dollars if applied across the world should be introduced if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, 13 leading economists have said in a...

Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Student...

WELLSTON, Ohio — To Gwen Beatty, a junior at the high school in this proud, struggling, Trump-supporting town, the new science teacher’s lessons on climate change seemed explicitly designed to provoke her. So she provoked him back. When the teacher, James Sutter, ascribed the recent warming of the Earth to heat-trapping gases released by burning fossil fuels like the coal her father had once mined, she asserted that it could...

Pulling Out of the Global Climate-Risk Accord Is T...

Pursuing Politics Over Economics Is a Dead End Whatever one thinks of the politics around the Trump administration walking away from the Paris climate accord, it’s a bad business move. By going back on the agreement, the administration is damaging the U.S. economy on several fronts. First, it means the U.S. will be stepping back from a new global era in energy production and consumption, declining to take part in tremendous...

American Electric Power CEO Gives Trump Advice on ...

The CEO of one of America’s largest electric utilities companies has some advice for President Trump ahead of his decision on whether to pull out of the landmark Paris climate treaty. “Work with the world community. Focus on the solutions that are in front of us,” says Nick Akins, the head of American Electric Power (aep, +0.64%). “It is imperative for us to continue to stay focused on what the prize is. And that’s that...

Exxon shareholders vote to force company to disclo...

In a first, the oil and gas giant will be forced to consider risks to its assets as the world moves to a low-carbon future. <img class=”progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner” src=”https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*H_M04ZYuoCCkA0Gl–KKBQ.jpeg”> CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey In a surprise victory for climate advocates, 62...

Iowa solar installers rush to get ahead of possibl...

While it remains unclear how an Iowa utility will change the way solar customers are compensated, installers in the state aren’t taking chances. Alliant Energy is expected to introduce a new tariff for customer generation today as part of an ongoing process initiated by state regulators. Some people in the state’s solar industry, as well as some clean-energy advocates , suspect that Alliant’s proposed new tariff will...

Germany Breaks Record: 85% of Energy Comes From Re...

Germany’s “Energiewende”—the country’s low-carbon energy revolution—turned another successful corner last weekend when renewable energy sources nearly stamped out coal and nuclear. Thanks to a particularly breezy and sunny Sunday, renewables such as wind and solar, along with some biomass and hydropower, peaked at a record 85 percent, or 55.2 gigawatts, and even came along with negative prices for...

How Americans Think About Climate Change, in Six M...

 Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming. Americans want to restrict carbon emissions from coal power plants. The White House and Congress may do the...

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the...

In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet. Textile manufacturers use complicated chemical and industrial processes to make clothing materials, from cotton to synthetic fibers. And while the environmental consequences aren’t always clear, consumption is growing....

Kentucky coal company plans to build the state’s l...

A dump truck moves dirt and rock from a mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky. CREDIT: AP Photo/Roger Alford Kentucky coal company plans to build the state’s largest solar farm The company says the farm will give jobs to displaced coal miners. ThinkProgress | A Kentucky coal company announced Tuesday that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring...

If you want to solve climate change, you need to s...

A new report says that the wider the gap between rich and poor, the more the environment suffers. We often talk about how climate change exacerbates social and economic inequality, but rarely do we consider the opposite: that inequality itself can be a driver of climate change. “What’s missing from the conversation is what our inequality crisis is doing to our planet,” said Susan Holmberg, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute...

Can a Web Address Help Save the Planet? .eco Think...

Can a Web Address Help Save the Planet? .eco Thinks So And Al Gore, Google and Tesla Are Paying Attention And Al Gore, Google and Tesla Are Paying Attention The new .eco web address endings can be purchased by companies and organizations committed to improving and caring for the environment. Phonies beware: The public profiles and community feedback features are designed to keep the .eco domains reserved for those with an...

Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize F...

The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to support fossil fuel production on federally held...